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Coronavirus - update: Tuesday, 24 March

Coronavirus - update: Tuesday, 24 March

Published by May Norman at 5:59am 24th March 2020. (Updated at 4:44pm 24th March 2020)

Coronavirus pandemic: Tuesday, 24 March

Stray FM has put together an advice page - which can be found here.

We are also updating this interactive article DAILY, with the latest local information.

Here's what you need to know (this page will be regularly updated):


Otley businesses offering free delivery to vulnerable residents 

A number of Otley businesses are offering free delivery services to vulnerable residents.  They include greengrocers O’Fresh, household goods shop Like Nana Did, butchers Weegemans, Wilkinsons and Middlemiss, along with other shops and services.

Chair of Otley BID Tom Hatley said:

“While this is an incredibly challenging time for the high street and Otley’s many small businesses and independent shops, it is heartwarming to see the number of traders who are pulling out all the stops to keep those in need supplied with vital goods.

"This positive spirit in such difficult times is indicative of Otley’s wider community spirit where people pull together to help each other in both good times and times of need.”



Ripon hornblowing ceremony to take place from home 

Hornblowers will undertake the setting of the watch ceremony from their home address. 

The ceremony usually takes place in Market Square.  


RSPCA providing emergency service 

The RSPCA says it's still providing help to animals across Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale.

The animal charity is providing an emergency-only service during the coronavirus pandemic. 

You can read more here.  


Bradford parks open with restrictions 

Bradford Council has closed all play areas, Multi Use Games Areas and outdoor fitness equipment in all its parks.

Parks and green spaces will stay open for the time being, pending further Government decisions and providing people don’t overcrowd these area and follow the rules on social distancing.

Councillor Sarah Ferriby said:

“The Council is doing all that it can to try and halt the spread of coronavirus in the district. This is very serious and we need people to get the message and to stay at home.

“We do recognise the need for these spaces to be open especially for those who otherwise would have no access to outside space, but we are asking people to be responsible. If people can’t do this then we may be forced to close these spaces altogether.”




Plans for virtual council meetings in Harrogate 

Harrogate Borough Council is making moves to hold its meetings virtually - as the government looks to push through emergency laws to keep councils functioning through the coronavirus crisis.

All upcoming council meetings have been cancelled until further notice.

You can read more here.  


Online library services stepped up in Harrogate

Online library services in Harrogate have been boosted to keep readers busy during the coronavirus lockdown enforced by the government.

North Yorkshire County Council is making more e-books, audio books, newspapers, magazines and comics available.

You can read more here.  


Looking for a job in the care sector? 

Harrogate-based specialist dementia care provider is recruiting.

It wants to attempt to provide temporary employment for those who are out of work due to the coronavirus crisis. 

For more information email recruitment@vidahealthcare.co.uk  or visit www.vidahealthcare.co.uk/jobs/




Changes to Citizen's Advice 

Citizen's Advice in Harrogate and Craven will no longer be holding face to face appointments. 

People who have already booked appointments should not attend. Advisers are in the process of contacting everyone with an existing appointment to offer them advice via telephone or email.

There are a still number of ways people can continue to get advice:

  • Contact the service by email on our website: https://cachd.org.uk/email
  • Leave a message by calling 01423 503591 in Harrogate or 01756 457222

Anyone seeking to make a new claim for Universal Credit should call the Universal Credit Help to Claim line on 0800 1448444.

General advice will be given via our Adviceline which people can reach by calling 03444 111 444. This is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.


Olympics postponed 

It's been confirmed the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics will not go ahead. 

They've been postponed until 2021. 

You can read more here


Virtual pub quiz anyone?

If you're a regular at The Fleece in Skipton then this one's for you. 

The pub quiz is being run virtually every week on a Tuesday. That's your night tonight sorted! 

Find out how to play along here


Tips now closed across North Yorkshire 

North Yorkshire County Council has closed all of its household recycling centres. 

Meanwhile Harrogate Borough Council is anticipating disruption to its bin collections. 

You can read more here




If you need some cheering up how about his? 

The RSPCA in York are running a live kitten cam which is sure to make you smile :) 

Just follow the link below! 



Update from Craven Council 

The council has issued an update on changes to its services. 

It's Customer Service Reception is closed to walk-in visitors. Any enquiries can be made by calling 01756 700600, email contactus@cravendc.gov.uk or go to www.cravendc.gov.uk 

All waste collections are operating as normal. The government has issued guidance about the handling of waste, especially from households where someone has tested positive for, or is showing the symptoms of, the coronavirus. In particular, waste such as used tissues or cleaning cloths should now be double-bagged before being put out for collection, and be put aside for at least 72 hours, even if the resident has a wheelie bin.

Craven Leisure closed from 10pm on Friday March 20th. All memberships will automatically be frozen and all payments will cease until further notice and customers should receive notification of this in the coming days.

Aireville Park in Skipton remains open but the children’s playground has been closed in line with the latest government guidance and any users of the park are required to observe social distancing.

The council has had to make the decision to limit the amount of attendees to its cremation and burial services.

From Monday 30 March the council kindly asks that direct family only attend services and that you still adhere to guidance regarding social distancing. Please do not attend if you fall in the high risk category or are showing any signs of Covid 19.  

The Council’s Revenues and Benefits team is working extremely hard to process financial support for businesses and residents as it is announced by central government. More information on this is available at www.cravendc.gov.uk/coronavirus 

Parking permits can be renewed and paid for online at www.cravendc.gov.uk/parking 

All immediate council and committee meetings are cancelled. 


A message from North Yorkshire Police 

The Chief Constable, Chief Fire Officer and the county's Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner have released a statement. 

It says the force will "use all powers" to enforce the lockdown and are urging people to follow the governments advice and stay indoors. 

You can read their full statement here


Funeral changes by Leeds City Council

Leeds City Council has released more information about funeral arrangements. 

Following last night's announcement by Boris Johnson, the council is limiting the number of mourners at funerals. 

Below is the message from Leeds City Council: 

From Thursday, March 26, the number of mourners who will be allowed at an already arranged chapel funeral service, and at burials and graveside services will be restricted as follows:

  • Up to 10 mourners can now only be present per chapel
  • Up to 20 mourners at burial and graveside services
  • We ask that mourners respect the two metre social distance rule at the graveside if wishing to backfill the grave. Both mourners and funeral directors must remain two metres away from council grave digging staff
  • The funeral director or family must also bring their own spades for the backfilling of a grave
  • If mourners do not respect the social distancing rules when asked, the council may need to consider withdrawing mourner participation at the graveside and council staff will backfill the grave only when mourners are a safe distance away.

Messages of support flood social media

What a lovely message from a teacher at Grove Road Primary School:


It maybe March but people are spreading Christmas cheer

People are putting up their Christmas lights nine months early to bring some joy to people during the coronavirus pandemic.

It started on social media - using the #shinealight - and is creating some positivity among communities.

The lights are also showcasing support to frontline NHS workers - who continue to work tirelessly in looking after the ill. 

It's not about buying new lights but re-purposing the ones you've got.

We have to admit, it’s a pretty great idea.


Update: Harrogate Borough Council

The Council has reiterated what it's doing to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Early yesterday, it announced, as well as leisure centres, swimming pools and cultural facilities, it has now closed children's play areas and games in parks. 

It has also created a web page in response to the ongoing situation with the Covid-19.

It includes all local information - to visit, click here.


Singing through the pandemic

Two drivers from the Harrogate Bus Company have taken to social to spread a little cheer.

Davey Waugh and Andrei Szabo have created their own little renditions of some uplifting songs.

It's brilliant and definitely put a smile on my face:


Update: Leeds City Council

After the Prime Minister’s announcement on new coronavirus restrictions Leeds City Council will be closing and / or stopping the following with immediate effect.

Further updates will be given over the coming day about any other services that might be affected:

  • All council waste sites to be closed
  • Garden waste collections have been suspended
  • All community libraries and hubs are closed to customers (telephone access still available through 0113 222 4444)
  • No litter bins will be emptied so they should not be used.



Lockdown - should it be policed?

Despite the Prime Minister's announcement last night, this commuter - who happens to work at a hospital - shared this picture on social media.

Yes services on the Tube have been reduced - for essential and key workers only - but take a look at this journey earlier this morning:


What can are you able to do during the lockdown?

Boris Johnson's ordered shops to shut and people to stay home, in a tightening of rules designed to stop the spread of coronavirus.

In last night's address, the Prime Minister said police would be given powers to enforce the new measures.

But what does that mean?

Supermarkets and pharmacies will be among just a handful of retailers allowed to stay open.

He says we can leave home ONLY to buy food, go to essential work, care for someone who's vulnerable, or to exercise once a day.

The PM has laid out the details here.  




'Key worker' timetable imposed

As a result of the continuing impact of COVID-19 Northern will be running amended ‘Key Worker’ timetables from today, Tuesday 24 March.

If you need to travel to work, check before you travel:


How many people have tested positive for coronavirus in North Yorkshire, Leeds and Bradford?

Public Health England has revealed the latest figures in the Stray FM area.